My swiss love

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knife has two moms and suitcase has three dads and they do Crime

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In 1963 the author was in the Swiss Alps, near Lauterbrunnen, attending a rural cattle show for Simethaler Flekvick, a fascinating dual breed of Swiss cattle used for both milk and meat. There, midst the farmers, cattle, huge neck bells, and dehorning fires, was a Bernese Mountain Dog. Later, in a little chalet restaurant near the fairgrounds, the author and his wife fed the dog a piece of fresh mountain trout. He took it gently after his master had said he could. This was typical of the breed, gentle and engendering trust, yet under the complete control of his master.

These are strong, faithful, hardy dogs who need no indoor kennels. Farmers who have had the pleasure of owning Bernese Dogs report them to be intelligent, willing and capable in any work they are assigned.

The breed came to Switzerland over 2,000 years ago with the Roman armies. These early specimens were large, mastiff-like animals. Left by the invaders, some of these dogs were given shelter by the natives, bred to local types of sheepherding and draft dogs and became the basis for the breed known as Bernese Mountain Dogs.

The breed almost became extinct in the latter half of the 19th century. Then, after much searching, a few typical specimens were found by Franz Schertenleib of Berne and, through his efforts, the breed came into focus again. In 1907 a specialty club was formed in Switzerland, and in 1937, the breed was introduced to America through the important of a pair of good specimens.

— Ernest H. Hart, Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds (1968)